Former ABU Zaria VC, Prof. Mahadi, is dead
Story from Ibraheem Hamza Muhammad
Professor Abdullahi Mahadi, a former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University and lately Gombe State University is dead.
The late professor of history and education was born in December I945 at Kiva, Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.
He started his formal education at Warrabe Primary School, Gwoza Central School, Government Craft School, Maiduguri, Mubi Teachers’ College and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He was Assistant Headmaster, Gadamayo Primary School, Gwoza, 1967; Headmaster, of Hambagda Primary School, in 1968 and Assistant Education Officer, at North-Eastern Government in 1971.
Professor Mahafi started working with Ahmadu Bello University as Senior Lecturer in History in 1984; he became a Professor and Director of Arewa House, Kaduna in 1987 and Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. After his tenure, he was appointed as Vice Chancellor of Gombe State University. He is a member of International Historical Demography.
Professor Mahdi was awarded the African Graduate Fellowship, 1982/83. Publisher, History of Nigeria for Schools and Colleges, Books I-II,
He co-author Long Man, 1988, Nigerian Society and Economy Since the Berlin Conference, volumes I and II, and was an editor, (Zaria, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Publication, Ahmadu Bello University, 1988).
His hobbies were reading and jogging.
He died in Gombe and was buried according to Islamic injunctions.
His relation, Alhaji Hamidu Buba Fulka prayed for the repose of the soul of the educationist.
Professor Rafindadi, the former CMD of Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Professor Abdullahi Mahadi.
He said the late Mahadi will be remembered for encouraging labourers to register for adult classes, which led many to become graduates and for the environmental upgrade of the University.